Prepper Pig
by VEG-HEAD on NOVEMBER 30, 2014 - 0 Comments in self-sufficiency

LEarning to stitch wounds, shoot guns and crossbows,

Hope they do a better job than this guy

MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — It’s breakfast time on a Saturday, and 20 “day-campers” are crouched around a fire pit in central New Jersey – the booniues – its rural. Soaked in bug spray, they are all there to learn survival skills, specifically in order to protect themselves from man-eating corpses.

Yup — Dead Cannibals, more commonly known as zombies.

From shooting rifles and throwing knives to stitching wounds and purifying water, the curriculum provides a foundation for conquering not only the living dead, but also other emergency situations such as car accidents and floods. (more…)

Largest off-grid Building in North America – plan
by TECHSTAR on NOVEMBER 24, 2014 - 0 Comments in self-sufficiency

25,000 sq ft visitor center, digital planetarium; 30 inch telescope for public and school use, with additional telescope for astronomical research

A plan to build an Observatory equipped with Canada’s most powerful telescope in the Madawaska Highlands west of Ottawa could be completed in three years, said project founder, Frank Roy.

The facility will use a combination of renewable energy technologies to become the largest off-grid commercial building in North America, he said.

The observatory will be located far from regular utilities to escape the polluting light of cities and towns, allowing for better views of the stars. (more…)

Brits leave UK to go off-grid
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 - 0 Comments in self-sufficiency

There are too many obstacles to living off the grid in the UK, so thousands of young people are travelling across the continent to get closer to nature. Kate Brennan and her husband, Geoff Copstick are living in the New Zealand countryside. He is from Glasgow and I am from Liverpool so we were not exactly country people,” Brennan says.

They purchased a 1.6-hectare property. “I’m not sure what I imagined it would become when we set it up but it has certainly taken on a bigger life of its own,” she says. (more…)

Luxury digital detox vacations
by SIYAH on AUGUST 4, 2014 - 1 Comment in self-sufficiency

Lives and places where the web does not reach and nobody wants you email address

Away from phones and net

Dow Jones Newswires – Last August, when photographer Hilary Stock took her family deep into the Himalayas in Kashmir, the nearest Internet connection was about 100 kilometers away. So the family of four had to connect in a different way.

“The tension was gone . . . external peer pressure and competition were absent and we regrouped as a family,” says Mrs. Stock, who went with husband, John, and their two teenage children. “There aren’t many extreme circumstances left nowadays where this would happen. I think it also put us more in touch with those around us, in whose lives, generally, technology isn’t playing a major part.” (more…)

Summer in far west Texas
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 3, 2014 - 0 Comments in self-sufficiency

DSC00020A few days ago I received my new camera, my old one finally bit the dust, I am very happy with this one, it’s not the most expensive one by far, but wow, have they come a LONG way since the last one I had!

The picture above is the sky castle, the rock work at the bottom is the beginnings of a rock room, I hope it becomes a chicken coop, though it could become anything. (more…)

Clearing Weeds Without Chemicals
by NICOLA on JULY 22, 2014 - 0 Comments in self-sufficiency

The pathways at my off-grid home are overgrown with weeds, so one of my biggest projects is clearing space.

First, I look at what the plants are, and determine whether it’s truly a weed or if it’s a food or medicine plant. If the plant is food or medicine, I think about whether the plant is truly in my way. Can I go around it? Is it going to grow to be very large? Are there more of this plant nearby? If the plant doesn’t have a negative impact on the space, I leave it alone. If there is only one, I might move it instead of kill it.

The big clumps of grass taking over the driveway and the trail to the outdoor bathroom have to go. (more…)

Monsoon season is here
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 5, 2014 - 1 Comment in self-sufficiency

We are fully in our monsoon season now, and it’s about time! We have had fairly dry summers for the past few seasons, in fact we haven’t had a really wet summer since the first year we moved here in ’07. I had read that this summer would be a wet year for my part of the country, and for that I am truly grateful. (more…)

We’ve come a long way, baby
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 30, 2014 - 3 Comments in self-sufficiency

Wild child

Growing up, I had a bit of a wild streak, nothing naughty, but I loved being outdoors, being around nature, plants, animals, water, dirt, we pretty much always lived in suburban areas with neighborhoods, houses, rectangular lots with grass, trees and fences. That didn’t stop me from pretending, imagining that I was in the jungle, or in the forest, or on an island, I wanted to live that way so badly that I could remove myself from the rows of houses and people, I would pack a lunch and go find some semi-isolated spot in my back yard and for a little while, I was an explorer in a wild place. Little did I know I would grow up and get to live that dream.

Right now I live a fairytale, a storybook life, I can still become that little girl, but now I don’t have to pretend I’m living in the wilds, I am living it everyday. (more…)

Rainwater collection
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 25, 2014 - 0 Comments in self-sufficiency

Water, it’s a requirement for life, health, sanitation. Living in far western Texas, it’s desert and pretty dry most of the year. We are in the beginning of our rainy season or monsoon season, it will last a month to a month and a half. Most of the residents out here use a well for their water needs, but there are a few who collect the rain water that falls from the sky during the wet season, if you have enough storage, it’s possible to collect enough water to last the year. (more…)

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